Windows Forensic Analysis Toolkit: Advanced Analysis Techniques for Windows 7 provides an overview of live and postmortem response collection and analysis methodologies for Windows 7. It considers the core investigative and analysis concepts that are critical to the work of professionals within the digital forensic analysis community, as well as the need for immediate response once an incident has been identified.
Organized into eight chapters, the book discusses Volume Shadow Copies (VSCs) in the context of digital forensics and explains how analysts can access the wealth of information available in VSCs without interacting with the live system or purchasing expensive solutions. It also describes files and data structures that are new to Windows 7 (or Vista), Windows Registry Forensics, how the presence of malware within an image acquired from a Windows system can be detected, the idea of timeline analysis as applied to digital forensic analysis, and concepts and techniques that are often associated with dynamic malware analysis. Also included are several tools written in the Perl scripting language, accompanied by Windows executables.
This book will prove useful to digital forensic analysts, incident responders, law enforcement officers, students, researchers, system administrators, hobbyists, or anyone with an interest in digital forensic analysis of Windows 7 systems.
Dear Amazon Readers, I am not an expert. I really, enthusiastically enjoy performing digital forensic analysis of Windows systems and will get up early (for me…”early” is a relative term) to work on an examination. I enjoy not just finding new things in my analysis, but finding new combinations of things, looking for those hidden patterns to jump out of the data. I enjoy writing code to parse the binary contents of a file so that I can then see how the various teeth of the operating system and application gears mesh together, and in seeing what primary, secondary, and tertiary artifacts are left by various events that occur on a system. When I first started writing books, I did so because I could not find something that would fit what I saw as my needs. Sure, there were books available that covered some aspects of digital forensic analysis of Windows systems, but there wasn’t anything available that really went into depth on analyzing Windows as a system of interconnected components. There were books that covered some of the really obvious indications of an intrusion or malware infection, but how often are our examinations really about finding the obvious artifacts? I knew I couldn’t be the only one looking for something like this, and writing a book not only provided a reference for myself and others, but the act of writing required me to polish and hone my thoughts. I hope you enjoy the finished product, and that it leads you beyond the obvious. I hope you find my attempt to contribute to the digital forensics analysis community to be useful and thought-provoking. Thank you. –Harlan Carvey